Westpac New Zealand five-year bond issue drags in $550 million

Westpac New Zealand five-year bond issue drags in $550 million

Westpac New Zealand will pay investors 3.720% per annum after borrowing NZ$550 million through a five-year bond issue.

The bank on Wednesday priced the senior, unsecured and unsubordinated bond issue outlined by interest.co.nz on Monday.

The bonds will be issued this Friday and were priced at 100 basis points over swap.

Westpac was seeking $100 million plus unlimited oversubscriptions in an offer marketed to both institutional and retail investors. The minimum application and holding value of the $1 per note issue is $5,000 with multiples of $1000 thereafter.

Westpac, which has AA- and A1 credit ratings from S&P and Moody's respectively, is seeking ratings from the two for its new bond, which won't be listed on the NZX debt market.

The money raised will be used for general corporate purposes, including making loans available to Westpac NZ’s customers, the bank says.

The interest rate the bonds will pay compares unfavourably to Westpac NZ's current five-year term deposit rate of 4.10%.

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